LitBirthdays September 16, 2010

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Thursday September 16

Molly Shannon (b. 1964) – U.S. comedian, writer – Superstar (film) (1999)  

Read about Molly Shannon here

Listen to Shannon talk about how she got started in television comedy


Paul Henning (b. 1911) – U.S. radio, television, film, and song writer; tv series creator (The Beverly Hillbillies) – Bedtime Story (co-writer with Stanley Shapio)  (1964)

Read about Paul Henning here and here

The Ballad of Jed Clampett (Beverly Hillbillies theme song)
by Paul Henning

Come ‘n listen to my story ’bout a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed
And then one day, he was shootin’ at some food
And up through the ground come a bubblin’ crude
Oil, that is, black gold, Texas tea

Well, the first thing you know, old Jed’s a millionaire
Kin folk said, Jed, move away from there
Said, Californy is the place you oughta be
So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly
Hills, that is, swimmin’ pools, movie stars

Well, now it’s time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin
They would like to thank you folks for kindly droppin’ in
You’re all invited back again to this locality
To have a heapin’ helpin’ of their hospitality
Hillbilly, that is, set a spell, take your shoes off

Y’all come back now, hear?

Watch a short video bio of Paul Henning

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